We all have our own biases.
Swing coaches have theirs.
Strength and conditioning coaches have theirs.
Sports psychologists have theirs.
And, no doubt, I have my own.
If you were to ask individuals from each of those three professions... "What is the best way to improve my golf game?"
I tend to think that is how they would answer the question.
The S&C Coach would lead you into the weight room, the Swing Coach would analyze your swing and the Psychologist would boost your mental game.
And all three of them are wrong.
It's like that old saying, "when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."
Something like that.
Let's dive in to all three of these professions...
First, I am not saying any of these things are bad. A swing coach, a S&C coach, and psychologist are all going to uplift your game!
The point is, they aren't the BEST way to improve your game.
I have seen athletes succeed at the highest level with unique and diverse swings... so there isn't one right way to swing a club.
Find what works for you, what feels natural and produces the outcome you desire.
Work with a coach if you'd like, but don't let them take away from your enjoyment of the game of golf.
Always play golf... don't play golf swing.
As a S&C coach, I am biased and think that everybody should be hitting the weight room if they aren't already.
It will uplift your game.
BUT I am also aware of the fact that this isn't going to directly make you a better golfer.
Skill on the course is what matters (not your golf swing... your skill, big difference here).
In all sports I have seen athletes suck in the weight room, but yet succeed at the highest level within the sporting environment.
I saw this video of Lebron squatting the other day... Lebron James Squatting
Most would agree, not "ideal" squat technique... but he's Lebron James.
Arguably the most skillful, talented basketball players to ever play the game.
The manner in which he squats doesn't directly effect what he does on the court.
It no doubt helps him perform better and be resilient, but there isn't this direct causation relationship.
Same for you in the sport of golf.
Golfers succeed with varying mental approaches to the game.
Some are aggressive, some are passive.
Some are more emotional, some aren't.
They all internalize results and outcomes differently.
There isn't one right way.
I think having emotional and mental awareness is amongst the most important skills for a successful golfer, so working with a psychologist or therapist can be SUPER beneficial.
But, again, if the goal is greater golf performance... it shouldn't start here.
SO, WHAT IS THE RIGHT ANSWER?
Go play golf.
And I mean actually PLAY golf.
Not "technique" work or going to the range and swinging your 7 iron 50 times in a row.
Go to the course, and play.
Enjoy the game, the course, and your playing partners.
It is by far the best way to improve your golf game, and it's so simple.
Your human body is adaptable and our skill acquisition processes will often self-organize into motor solutions without conscious awareness.
Be cautious when practitioners tell you something other than playing golf is the "missing link" or the "thing that will unlock your game" or the "solution" to improvement on the course.
Go play more golf.
Learn from it.
Let's go low.